In loving memory of our classmates who left too soon...
Don't cry because they are gone, smile because we knew them.
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I first met Nancy in study hall when we were both Seniors. She sat right in front of me and I pestered her a lot because she was taking German and I was taking Spanish. She never could understand why I called her " Herman the German". It was mainly because I was so shy I just couldn't make mystelf ask her for a date. I have always regretted that. She was a very sweet girl and had a GREAT smile.
Barbara Butcher, 60, of Ft. Smith, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2005 in Fort Smith, AR.
She was a member of First Church of God and worked for the City of Ft. Smith for 28 years.
Funeral services were at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with burial at Roselawn Cemetery, all under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.
She was survived by her fiance Jim Martin of Ft. Smith, and many friends.
Barbara was a dedicated employee for the Department Sanitation for the past 28 years. She was chosen Employee of the Year by her co-workers several times. She proudly served the City of Fort Smith and was a very reliable employee. She had a great love for animals. Barbara will be missed by all who knew her.
Pallbearers will be Sam McGrew, Cecil Perkins, Roger Guinn, Robert Marx, James Neal, Jr. and Baridi Nkokheli. Honorary pallbearers will be The Employees of The Department of Sanitation.
Annie Cutler, age 63, of Washington, NC, died at her home Saturday, March 7th. The funeral will be held in Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, March 11th, at 4 p.m. The burial will follow in the Chapel Garden. Annie was born on June 28, 1945, to Ruth Chapman Heinold and the late Robert Jacob Heinold. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Doug and her three sons and their wives: Matt and Deanna of Brooklyn, NY, Alex and Paula of Boston, MA, and Forrest and Courtney of Johnson City, TN. She is also survived by three grandchildren and her sister, Valerie MacEwan, of Washington. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her brother, John. Annie was a teacher at Northside High School. Education was her passion, and she touched the lives of many students. She also enjoyed her work with the North Carolina Teacher Academy. Annie was a member of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church where she was a member of the Altar Guild. The family is receiving friends at the home, 238 East Main Street in Washington. Randolph Funeral Home, 219 North Bonner Street, Washington, NC, is serving the family. (Washington Daily News[Washington, NC] – Tuesday, March 10, 2009)
The best friend I ever had. We met before the first grade in school and remained in touch until Ricky's death in 2002. What a loyal buddy.
From Cissy Rose on November 22nd, 2013
Some of my best childhood memories include Ricky Delong. Our parents were friends and I spent many wonderful hours playing with Ricky and his sister, Mary Dale. He was a really sweet guy and I enjoy thinking about all the board games we played, all the times we rode his horses, climbed his trees and watched his color tv - the first I had ever seen! My childhood would not have been so enjoyable without Ricky and his family!
Feb. 4, 1945–Feb. 13, 2006
Betty J. Fant, age 61, formerly of Rochester, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at The Woodlands, Muncie, following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 4, 1945, in Kosciusko, Miss. She was a homemaker and member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Muncie.
She is survived by her husband, whom she married March 16, 1968, William W. Fant; three children, Wayne and wife Jennifer Fant of Plainfield, Doug and wife Aimee Fant of Muncie, and Carrie and husband John Cornelius of Indianapolis; her father, William L. Douglas of Mesquite, Texas; one brother, William and wife DeEtte Douglas; four grandchildren, Andrew Cornelius, Benjamin Cornelius, Natalie Fant and Laurelen Spring. Also surviving are six nieces, seven nephews, 10 aunts, 10 uncles, and 17 cousins. She is preceded in death by her mother, Alma Maude (Jenkins) Douglas.
Her funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 610 N. Reserve, Muncie, with Pastor Kevin Karner officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 W. Kilgore Ave., Muncie, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial will follow at Marion National Cemetery in Marion. Memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society Training and Resource Center, 700 Broadway, Suite 810, Denver, CO 80203, Attn: Donation Processing.
Funeral for Judy Sullivan Feller, 56, of Barling, who died Thursday, March 14, 2002, was at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Edwards Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with Rev. Steve Holyfield officiating. Burial was at Coal Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Crisis Center for Women, 401 Lexington Avenue, Ft. Smith, AR 72901. She was the daughter of the late Weda Faye Brasher Sullivan, native of San Diego, CA., and a member of Barling United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Wade and Marshall Fender, Both of Fort Smith; father, Bill Sullivan of Fort Smith, formerly of Coal Hill; and one brother, Larry Sullivan of Fort Smith.
Bascom B. Freeman, Jr., age 68 of Montgomery, Texas passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013 in Conroe after a brief illness. Mr. Freeman was born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas on March 15, 1945 to Bascom B. Freeman, Sr., and Helen Tinsley Freeman.
He was retired from Texaco Oil Company and was a sergeant in the U. S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Freeman. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharon Freeman, a brother Rick and wife Linda Freeman; several nieces, nephews and in-laws.
A memorial service will be held in The Garden of Memories in Charleston, Arkansas on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation is under the direction of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice . Condolences may be left at www.shmfh.com
High school was better because of a friend like Bascom. From playing in the band together, to delivering flowers from his dad's flower shop in that old Crosley stationwagon, to stopping by the Dairy Grand to visit with friends, every day was a good day when you were Bascom's friend. He was as good a friend as you could ask for. He will be remembered and sadly missed.
From Woody Knox on September 18th, 2013
A large portion of my highschool memories wouldn't be the same without Bascom. Band was a blast with friends like Bascom. I, too, was privileged to deliver flowers from his Dad's shop in the old Dodge panel wagon. Cruising in the Crosley was fun, but once in awhile we were allowed to take his Mom's Chrysler Imperial. I thought he and Sharon were a perfect match and was glad when they were married.
From Barbara Qualls on September 19th, 2013
Bascom was one of the sweetest, brightest, most thoughtful and caring young men G-d ever created. May his memory be a blessing.
Graveside Service: 10:00 AM Wednesday August 11, 2004 at Fort Smith National Cemetery. Billy Golden Jr., 59, of Poteau, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2004 in Muskogee. He was born March 12, 1945 in Fort Smith to Billy Golden Sr. and Jane Daniels Golden. He was the owner of Golden Construction and Golden Termite Control both of Poteau. He was a member of the Poteau Lions Club, Kawanis and was a Mason. He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was proceeded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father Billy Joe Golden Sr. of Poteau; two daughters Andrea Golden Pogue of Ada, OK. and her husband Ronnie, and Christina Golden of TX., one son Billy Joe Golden III of Utah; two sisters Janie Collins of TX. and Judy Hughes of Nevada and many more beloved family and friends. Honorary pallbeares will be Bud Killian, Ronny Pogue, Dale Killian, and Alford Wraver. Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at Fort Smith National Cemetery with Rev. Clyde Hess officiating. Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau. The family will receive friends and loved ones, Tuesday from 7-8 PM and Wednesday morning from 8-9 AM at the funeral home.
Janice Lee Haskins, 68, of Fort Smith lost her brave battle with cancer on April 10,2013, in her home with her daughters by her side. She was born April 3, 1945 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to the late Jesse and Mary Perry. She retired from Sparks after 30 years as a registered nurse. Janice is survived by her two daughters, Alana West and Teresa Tucker-West, both of Fort Smith; one brother, David Perry of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Jacob Yount of Camp Lejune, N.C. and Priscilla and husband Rusty Teasdale of Conway; and not to forget her grandcats, whom she loved very very much, Zulu, Ziggy, and Willie.
To place online tribute, go to www.lewisfuneralchapel.net
It is so wonderful to know that there is a page created to remember your classmates that have passed on before you. Mom was so looking forward to coming to this reunion but the Lord had another reunion planned for her instead. Mom was a truly amazing woman and anyone who knew her was a better person for it. She had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone. She loved her kids, grandkids and her great grandson who all miss her terribly. She had many memories of her school years here in Fort Smith I know she would want us to say enjoy your time together at this reunion and value the time together because you never truly know how much time you have together on this earth.
Cindy L. Hatfield, 61, passed away Monday, May 1, 2006. She was born in Fort Smith to Marvin and Mary Louise Jacobsen. Cindy was known for her love of life, kindness and accomp-lishments that will always be with us. No one had a laugh like Cindy’s, a special sparkle in her eyes, or a heart as large and full of love.
Loving wife of Sid with whom she spent 43 years of marriage. Devoted mother of daughters, Shelli Griffith and Jennifer Valdez; beloved son-in-law, Billy Griffith; and granddaughter, Madisson Valdez.
Cindy was a Life Master Bridge player and a volunteer at the Children Center in Utah, but Cindy was most proud of being a mother and grandmother. She will forever live in our hearts.
Service at 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2006, at Floral Haven Chapel, 6500 S. 129th E. Ave., Broken Arrow, OK.
I saw Linda's art on Facebook two years ago sent her a message to say how wonderful it was. Afterward we talked for hours on the telephone about her research and teaching in languages, her worldwide travel, her son, and her painting. I'm so sorry to find that she died. I did not know.
Charles L. Humphries, 64, of Cedarville died Saturday Sept. 4, 2010, in a local hospital. He was a self-employed construction worker and a graduate of Northside High School and Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia with a bachelor's degree in business.
Graveside service will be 10 A.M. Thursday at Old Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife Carol; three sons, Marcus Humphries of Cedarville, Damon Short of Belleville and Reece Morgan of Fort Smith; one brother, Earl Humphries of Fort Smith; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jim Moss and Josh Grebs.
Visitation will be 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.
What a quiet guy Donnie was ... but a real threat on the basketball court. Fast of hand and foot, spunky as a terrier, always on the move. I remember his ready smile, remember playing ball with him as though it were only yesterday. RIP, Donnie.
From David Cone on July 17th, 2013
I too, remember Donnie from high school, and the basketball court at the old Boy's Club on the Westark property. We would play basketball until dark, and Donnie was one of the best. He was a good friend. wonderful days; wonderful friends!
Karen Kreipke, 59, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, in Bentonville. She was a planning coordinator for Hiram Walker and a member of St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church.
Funeral will be 1 P.M. Tuesday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Smith. The body will be cremated.
She is survived by her husband, Don; three daughters, Traci Foster of Broken Arrow, OK, Katheryn Kreipke of Fort Smith and Leslie Shewmaker of Bentonville; a sister, Gail Graham of Fort Smith; a brother, Alan Shiflette of Dallas; and nine grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends from 6-8 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Rosalyn (Becky) Margaritis, 66, passed away November 28, 2011. She was born January 30, 1945 in Fort Smith Arkansas. Becky was employed for AAA Insurance for over 35 years before retiring. On November 28, 1991 she married George Margaritis. She enjoyed reading books, crossword puzzles, golf and tennis. She really enjoyed the outdoors. Becky loved to go four-wheeling and she liked gardening. After retiring she volunteered with the Hospice program until her own illness started to prevent her from volunteering. Becky is survived by her husband, George; four sisters- Michaeleen Moffitt of Texas, P.J. (Frank) Turnbeaugh of Arkansas, Nancy (Bill Snow) Brewer of Arkansas, and Phyliss (Don) Reynolds of Florida; also three godchildren, Helen Sine of Windsor, Maria Cavis of Marysville and Trevor Roeske of Marysville; along with several neices and nephews. Becky was preceded in death by her father, J. Bob Williams, and her mother, Pearl Williams. A cremation has taken place.
From Margaret Hillhouse Crawford on March 21st, 2013
Becky was a life long friend of mine from grade school through high school. We spent many hours together. She was someone I will never forget/had a great bunch of 4 sisters and parents that were so much fun to be around. We lived only a block apart all those years and shared a lot of those "teen" secrets and
just all around great memories I shall always treasure. I will surely miss her
so much this year. She was a wonderful friend!
From Stev Plunkett on April 14th, 2013
Becky had a great sense of humor and really fun to bewith
From Mary Jane Rogers on August 26th, 2013
Becky was so much fun to be around and I can still hear her laugh. Was happy to have the chance to spend some time with her at our last reunion. Was sad to hear of her passing.
From George Singleton on September 15th, 2013
I remember when Becky was the fastest runner at Duval. Not the fastest girl, the fastest runner.
Sally had a kind heart and smiled with her eyes. We didn't meet until high school, but I guess the bond of our last names made us fast friends. However, I guess my memory slips me, as I always thought she was the "Rogers" with the "D"---
Larry Vernon Merrywell, 67, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Sarasota, Fla. He was born February 18, 1945 in El Paso, TX. He was a retired employee of South Western Bell Telephone and he worked for Baytown Brokerage. He is survived by his sister Gala Lynch of Fort Smith, AR.,
uncles Jack and Harry Merrywell, nephew Dustin Dunlavy of Ft. Smith and numerous cousins and friends.Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday June 12, 2012 at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Ft. Smith, AR. To place an online tribute go to www.lewisfuneralchapel.net.
68, of Fort Smith died in Tulsa on October 25, 2013 with her family by her side. She was born March 6, 1945, in Fort Smith to the late Lawrence and Dorothy Henderson.
She is survived by her daughters, Paula Baty of Dallas and Kathy Bondy and her husband Rick of Tulsa; granddaughter, Sara Bondy of Norman, Okla.; sister, Linnah Schoen of St. Paul, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Katie Smithson.
Dotty was a longtime resident of Fort Smith. Dotty was an avid reader and loved her dog, Maggie.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday at St. Johns Episcopal Church in Fort Smith.
Cremation and services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
Billy Fred Phillips, 63, of Van Buren died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, in Van Buren. He was born Jan. 11, 1945, in Fort Smith. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith.
The body will be cremated under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
He is survived by his companion, Melinda Hamilton; a daughter, Kristen Reynolds of Uniontown; three sons, Scottie Phillips of Atlanta, Jerry Phillips of Booneville and Jason Phillips of Lubbock, Texas; parents, J.W. and Doris Thorton of Fort Smith; a half brother, David Thorton of Fort Smith; and four grandchildren.
Gary Frank Pigeon, 68, passed away Friday, June 21 2013, at his home after a long illness. He was born May 4, 1945 in Fort Smith to the late Frank and Agnes Pigeon. He was a member of Oak Cliff Baptist Church, served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 142 Artillery Division and retired from Whirlpool after 33 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Jo Ann; one son, Gary Wayne Pigeon and wife Shannon; one daughter, Stacey Millard and husband Chris; five grandchildren, Lorelei and Lainey Pigeon and Noah, Adin and Aaron Millard; one brother Bill Moody and wife Rosalee; two neices; and one nephew.
Joe M. Pratt passed away Feb. 4, 2012, in a local hospital. He was born June 16, 1945, in Fort Smith to Robert Wilford Pratt and Modene Sellars Pratt, who have both predeceased him.
He is survived by his brothers, Jim and his wife Helen of Fort Smith and Bob and his wife Betty of Muldrow. He is also survived by his nieces, Robin Pratt-Webber, Rachelle Pratt and Reynda Allen and her husband Kevin of Fort Smith and Jennifer Brannon and her husband Kevin of Muldrow; his nephew, Kaelin Pratt and his wife Mary Margaret of Fort Smith; six great-nephews; one great-niece; and a family friend, Georg Turner.
Visitation with friends was held from 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Lewis Funeral Chapel, 4817 Kelley Hwy., Fort Smith. Private family burial will be at a later date.
Pallbearers will be David Deason, Kaelin Pratt, Kevin Brannon and Kevin Allen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith. No public viewing.
Margaret Bryan Proctor, 66, of Little Rock passed away August 5, 2012. She was born in Scottsdale, Arizona but located with her family to Fort Smith at a very early age. Margaret graduated from Fort Smith High School and attended George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. For several years she was a stewardess for American Airlines based out of New York City and Nashville. During the last 25 years, Margaret worked for Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in various capacities, most recently as a third grade teacher's aide, a job that she truly loved.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Florence Bryan of Fort Smith. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Jim Proctor; son Russ (Heather) Proctor of Bryant; daughter Kerri (Jordan)May of El Paso, Texan; two grandchildren, Greyson Girdler of Bryant, and Maggie May of El Paso. She also leaves behind four sisters, Shirley Shumate of Nashville, Tennessee, Judy Titsworth of Fort Smith, Candi Russell of Little Rock and Becky (Chuck) Jeffers of Alma, along with six nieces and six nephews.
Some of the greatest times of her life were spent sunning on the beaches of Destin, decorating her home for the holidays, and attending the live horse racing season at Oaklawn. Her most prized possessions were her family and many friends and her work with the students at Holy Souls School.
From Margaret Hilllhouse(Crawford) on April 21st, 2013
Margaret was a childhood friend from DuVal days, Brownies, Girl Scouts.. with Mrs.Miller as our Girl Scout Leader. Then Darby 7th
and 8th grades and so much fun on our lunch hour. We didn't have too many classes together after Darby, but, we kept in touch, when possible, at Northside too. We had so many laughs together/and, I cannot remember laughing as hard with any of my
childhood friends as we did. I have a great color picture of our DuVal group taken at the 40th reunion in 2003. Margaret and my
good friend Becky Williams are both in it with me. It is framed
and in a special place in our home and will be posted on this website too. So many memories that will live on forever and so
very glad I got to see them again in 2003. Margaret is one gal
that I will always treasure to have known. RIP dear friend.
Suzi and I were best friends in the 6th and 7th grades. We both went to First Baptist Church. We took piano lessons from the same teacher and got to play some duets in church. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. She was taken from us much too soon. It still makes me sad to think of her losing her life in that awful plane crash.
Thomas E. Storey, 67, of Hot Springs died Friday, August 2, 2013. He was born May 19, 1946, in Fort Smith. He was a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army Engineers, former pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Hot Springs, held a masters of Bible exposition, and bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and pastoral theology. He is survived by his wife, Sally; five daughters, Chloe Smith, Rachel Villatoro, Rebeka Diaz, Hannah Yelisetty and Ruthie Witcher; a son, Benjamin Storey III; three sisters, Claudia Crouch, Bonnie Sizemore, and Marilyn Trotter; two brothers, Eddie and Charles Storey and nine grandchildren.
Funeral will be 10:am Monday, August 6 at Hot Springs Funeral Home Chapel with burial with full military honors at Center Valley Cemetery near Fort Smith at 5 p.m. Monday.
Bertha Sue Storment, 67, of Alma, AR, passed from this life on December 9, 2012 in Fort Smith. She was born November 8, 1945 in Chicago, IL to Bose and Luzelle Brown. She was a retired Bookkeeper from Dale Crampton Company and of the Baptist Faith. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Barbara Smith.
Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Todd Rowland officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.
She is survived by her husband James, son Chris and wife Bernadette of Alma, AR, sister-in-law LaBetha Cooper of Little Rock, AR and nieces Leslie Chambers of Little Rock, AR and Libby York of Tulsa, OK.
Steve was a great friend. We stayed in touch and visited often for several years after high school. I last saw and spoke with him at the fourtieth reunion. Wish now I had made more of an effort to stay in touch. He was kind, gentle, very intelligent and most of all , very funny. He had a laugh that was contagious and we were all better for having known him. R.I.P friend.
Walter Watts Jr. Tuesday, October 23, 2007 9:54 AM CDT
Walter Watts Jr., 62, of Fort Smith died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in Fort Smith. He was a retired sales manager for Jamesway and an Army veteran.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. National Cemetery under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Sydney; three sons, Stuart Watts of Fayetteville, Brian and Edwards Watts, both of Fort Smith; a sister, Grace Fletcher of Fort Smith; and a brother, Bob Watts of Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Fletcher, Bruce Fletcher II, Stuart, Brian, Edward and Richard Watts.
Jr was a dear friend of mine as was his brother Bob. We shared a lot time together after high school around Ft Smith. I lost touch with both Jr and his brother Bob as I was drafted into the army in 1967 and was slated for Vietnam. I never came back to Ft Smith after my tour of duty and resided in the Wash. DC area. I remember that Bob was an aspiring writer and hope he continued his aspirations.